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February 2, 2009

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Keep up-to-date on the latest health and politics news with our regular updates and analysis of the key stories from around the world.

Natural Health News

January 27, 2009

Green tea may protect against breast cancer: Study
Regular consumption of green tea may reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer by about 12 per cent, according to a new study from the US and China.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

January 26, 2009

Cutting salt isn't the only way to reduce blood pressure
Most people know that too much sodium from foods can increase blood pressure. A new study suggests that people trying to lower their blood pressure should also boost their intake of potassium, which has the opposite effect to sodium.
Read article at physorg.com

January 26, 2009

Green tea catechins linked to weight loss: Study
Antioxidant compounds in green tea could help promote exercise-induced abdominal fat loss, according to a new study from the American Society of Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

January 21, 2009

Preterm birth: Magnesium sulphate cuts cerebral palsy risk
Magnesium sulphate protects very premature babies from cerebral palsy, a new study shows. The findings of this Cochrane Review could help reduce incidence of the disabling condition, which currently affects around one in every 500 newborn babies overall, but up to one-in-ten very premature babies (< 28 weeks of gestation).
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

January 27, 2009

First comprehensive paper on statins' adverse effects released
A paper co-authored by Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and director of UC San Diego's Statin Study group cites nearly 900 studies on the adverse effects of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins), a class of drugs widely used to treat high cholesterol. The result is a review paper, currently published in the on-line edition of American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs, that provides the most complete picture to date of reported side effects of statins, showing the state of evidence for each.
Read article at physorg.com

January 26, 2009

Report: Some ADHD drugs can cause kids to have severe hallucinations
U.S. Food and Drug Administration researchers have found that drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, can cause children to have severe hallucinations, Reuters reports. The study of the drugs was conducted by drug makers. They found cases of psychosis and mania in some young patients, even those with no obvious risk factors.
Read article on the Texas Cable News website (USA)

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Other Health-related News

January 26, 2009

ANH calls for urgent independent inquiry into the work of Europe’s food safety authority after it clears toothpaste toxin for use in food supplements
The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) calls today for an urgent independent inquiry into the scientific methods used by Europe’s highest authority on food safety, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). This call comes on the back of the ANH’s highly critical analysis, published on its website today, of EFSA’s decision to approve for food supplement use the chemical sodium monofluorophosphate, the same chemical commonly added to toothpaste and mouth washes to prevent or treat tooth decay.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) (UK)

January 23, 2009

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can no longer be labelled psychosomatic
Breakthrough for chronic fatigue sufferers
As a result of the pioneering work of Dr John McLaren Howard, a breakthrough has occurred for chronic fatigue sufferers. It can now be shown that the extreme fatigue experienced by CFS/ME sufferers is a direct result of mitochondrial dysfunction (i.e. dysfunction in the energy production mechanism of our bodies' cells). British medical doctor, Sarah Myhill MB BS, a specialist in nutritional and environmental medicine, has issued a press release announcing the publication in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine of an original article entitled ''Chronic fatigue syndrome and mitochondrial dysfunction''. It gives details of a biochemical test that has been developed, which can measure energy supply to cells and therefore fatigue levels in people with CFS/ME.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) (UK)

January 22, 2009

Low Levels Of Vitamin D Link To Cognitive Problems In Older People
Researchers from the Peninsula Medical School, the University of Cambridge and the University of Michigan, have for the first time identified a relationship between Vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin", and cognitive impairment in a large-scale study of older people. The importance of these findings lies in the connection between cognitive function and dementia: people who have impaired cognitive function are more likely to develop dementia. The study was based on data on almost 2000 adults aged 65 and over who participated in the Health Survey for England in 2000 and whose levels of cognitive function were assessed. The study found that as levels of Vitamin D went down, levels of cognitive impairment went up. Compared to those with optimum levels of Vitamin D, those with the lowest levels were more than twice as likely to be cognitively impaired.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

January 22, 2009

Georgian seniors need nutrient supplementation, finds study
Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) report that elderly people across the state are largely deficient in vitamin D, calcium and B12, and should consider dietary supplementation. The new study conducted by nutrition researchers at the university noted that nutrient deficiencies are making the elderly more vulnerable to chronic health problems such as osteoporosis, anemia and cognitive impairment.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

January 21, 2009

EC registers vitamin upper limit concerns
The Irish Association of Health Stores (IAHS) has come away from a European Parliament Petitions Committee meeting confident its concerns about appropriate maximum permitted levels (MPLs) for food supplements are being listened to at European Union level. The meeting was attended by four Irish MEPs, one UK MEP as well as EU delegates, with the Petitions Committee chairman insisting a 60,000-strong, IAHS-backed petition submitted to the European Parliament in December, 2007, be kept open.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Political News

January 27, 2009

German court handed new complaint on EU treaty
Germany's constitutional court has been handed a second complaint over the EU's Lisbon Treaty with the potential to delay the country's final ratification of the document for several months. The new legal action, running to over 200 pages, is concerned with economic as well as political issues, which the complainants say are not addressed by the Lisbon Treaty. They argue that a prognosis on European integration given by the country's constitutional court in a 1993 judgement on the Maastricht Treaty - which paved the way to the euro - has turned out to be false. Instead, EU integration has been characterised by "continuous breaches of the stability pact, a presumptuous over-stepping of power by the European Commission, unaccountable leadership and dissolution of the separation of powers," say the authors in a statement on Monday (26 January), according to German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Read article at euobserver.com

January 22, 2009

Obama overturns Bush order on access to White House records
President Barack Obama began dismantling the Bush legacy Wednesday, using his first full day to overturn an order that let ex-presidents seal their papers forever. It was one of a number of big and small steps by the new president that, taken together, amounted to a slashing denunciation of his predecessor – from an order halting military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to one meant to make unclassified records more readily available to the public. "It is a new day," said Lee White, executive director of the National Coalition for History, one of scores of groups that had complained for years about the Bush order regarding White House records. "This ... makes it much more difficult for a former president to shape his legacy."
Read article in the Dallas Morning News (USA)

January 22, 2009

Crisis meeting called on violent protest across Europe
European leaders have called emergency talks to discuss a groundswell of social unrest and violent street protests that have spread across Europe amid the economic downturn. Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Greece and Iceland have all faced social unrest and rioting as unemployment soars and as many European countries have been forced to impose severe cuts to government spending.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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